John Misto was born in Sydney in 1952 and has been writing for the stage and television for almost two decades. His play Harp on the Willow won the Rodney Seaborn Playwright's Award for Best New Australian Play. John also wrote The Shoe-Horn Sonata, which won the NSW Premier's Literary Award for Best Play and the Australia Remembers National Play Competition. His television credits include Heroes' Mountain: The Rescue of Stuart Diver, which won a Gold Plaque for Best Telemovie at the Chicago International Television Festival, and the mini-series, The Day of the Roses, about the Granville train disaster. He also wrote the multi award-winning ABC TV series, The Damnation of Harvey McHugh. For his work in television John has won three AFI Awards and three Writers' Guild Awards. Before working as a writer, John Misto graduated in Arts/Law from the University of New South Wales.
On Christmas Eve, three-year-old Anna Brennan disappears from a crowded church during midnight mass. She is kidnapped, believed murdered. Twenty years later, in the process of a burglary investigation, a startling piece of evidence accidentally comes to light. Could Anna still be alive? If so, who abducted her, and why? Detective Constable Greg Raine is assigned the task of solving the case and reuniting Anna with her parents. But a nightmare of treachery and murder lies ahead. In a shattering climax, the detective unearths the secret behind Anna's disappearance - and it's a discovery that comes at a terrifying price.